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Why is retirement planning important?

One of the main outcomes of retirement planning is a more stress-free life. As a rule, retirement is an age where one wants to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor of their lifespan. Having money work for you instead of working for the money is therefore important.

Given people are living longer, retirement planning has many sides it didn’t have for other generations.

For example, many people today work part-time or on contract and have flexible hours. But these positions do not always have perks like retirement plans and health insurance. That could make it harder to prepare for the lifestyle you hope to lead once you retire.

This makes it even more important to make smart choices today for tomorrow. What could help? Things like making a commitment to put money aside in a retirement fund on a routine basis. And making smart choices about insurance and benefits.

We’ll go into a few frequently asked questions, then circle to Summit Financial Planners’ philosophy about how to plan for retirement.

What are the 3 types of retirement?

There are different types of retirement that are emerging. One reason is that we’re living longer. Another is that some people want or must work longer instead of having retirement be all about leisure. Whatever type you hope to achieve, it’ll require a tailored strategy.

Traditional Retirement

You hit retirement age and stop working. This type requires you to save and invest from early on while using Social Security benefits as gravy.

Partial Retirement

You may scale down hours to enjoy more time off or work in some form that keeps some income coming in. This also extends your retirement savings.

Temporary Retirement

You may take a mini break from working before going back to a career or rejoining the workforce. This will require a complex financial plan as you may be withdrawing rather than adding to your savings.

What is the full retirement age for social security?

If born from 1943 to 1954, the full retirement age is 66 years old. The full retirement age goes up to 67 if you were born from 1955 to 1960. The following chart lists the full retirement age by year of birth.

Year of birthFull retirement age
195566 + 2 months
195666 + 4 months
195766 + 6 months
195866 + 8 months
195966 + 10 months
1960 and later67
If born of January 1st of any yearRefer to the previous year

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The 5 most common things that people wish someone had told them before they retired

According to Ryan, while everyone’s experience is different, there are 5 things most people wish someone had told them before retirement.

  1. A dollar today does not buy what it used to — inflation is very real and people approaching retirement need to keep that in mind when planning for the future.
  2. Big gains in retirement savings do not help you as much as the losses hurt.
  3. Time can be your friend or your enemy — if you are protecting your nest egg throughout your career, you can go into retirement comfortably and confidently. However, if it is not secure and the market crashes it is possible not to have time to recover.
  4. Have a purpose going into retirement — whether you are volunteering, babysitting your grandkids, or enjoying your free time, make sure you have a plan and some goals.
  5. Make sure you use a retirement specialist when planning– this needs to be someone who focuses only on retirement and knows what your goals look like.

Read the rest of the interview with Ryan and Authority Magazine here.

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